Illinois Pushes To Reach 25% Renewables

Pushing to meet a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires major utilities to generate a quarter of their energy from clean sources by 2025, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced long-term agreements for Ameren and ComEd that emphasize wind-power development.

In a press release, the governor said a bidding process administered by the Illinois Power Agency had secured agreements with nine sources – seven wind and two solar – that will “allow providers to mitigate financial risk and pass the benefit of lower rates on to consumers.”

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The winning wind power projects included Bishop Hill Energy, Blackstone Wind Farm, FPL Energy Illinois Wind, Grand Ridge Energy, Meadow Lake Wind Farm, TianRun Shady Oaks and New Harvest Wind Project. The winning solar projects were Invenergy Illinois Solar and Rockford Solar Partner.

Par for the course, Quinn cast the deal as a jobs developer, saying the projects would “boost our economy and put more people to work.” To emphasize the point, he was joined in the announcement by Illinois ALF-CIO president Michael T. Carrigan, in addition to the heads of the two utilities.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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